Semi catches fire in Cottage Grove while carrying cars on trailer

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Several vehicles were heavily damaged early Thursday morning by fire in Cottage Grove.

A semi-truck carrying several vehicles caught fire in a parking lot near East Point Douglas Road South and 90th Street South at around 2 a.m.

Cottage Grove Public Safety crews responded and found the semi and a vehicle above it on fire.

The city says firefighters requested extra resources and were eventually able to extinguish the flames and cool down the vehicles with water. However, the semi, three vehicles it was hauling and a vehicle parked next to the semi all ended up with extensive damage.

Crews were still spraying the semi down, and cars on the trailer attached to the semi were smoking when a 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS photographer arrived at the scene.

Cottage Grove Public Safety says the cause of the fire is under investigation but it is believed to have been caused by an electrical issue.

No injuries were reported.

Firefighters work to cool down vehicles after a fire in Cottage Grove early on Aug. 4, 2022. (Cottage Grove Public Safety)